Global studies at Multnomah University is an intercultural and interdisciplinary program that prepares students to become deeply committed to understanding and engaging in global issues affecting our world today. Just as we are called to understand God’s Word, we also need to understand God’s world. The focus of this major/minor is to prepare students for a variety of career and ministry paths both abroad and at home. In addition to classes on campus, global studies majors are encouraged to consider semester and short-term study abroad options.
The mission of the global studies department is to provide quality academic programs and experiential opportunities that develop critical thinking by incorporating best practices and strategies in global ministry and international career contexts.
The global studies major offers 5 program concentrations. Choose a concentration of your interest or one that is line with your vocational goals. The concentrations are:
This is a helpful emphasis for those going into international mission work, including evangelism, discipleship, church planting, refugee resettlement and migrant services. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in Christian leadership, intercultural studies, missiology and theology.
This is a helpful emphasis for students wanting to work with children (street children, child soldiers, human/child trafficking, child labor, adoption, etc.), community development, international/global development, humanitarian relief and urban ministries. It is also helpful for students desiring to pursue graduate degrees in intercultural studies, childhood studies, social justice, international/global development, public affairs, humanitarian studies and non-profit management.
This is a helpful emphasis for those working in urban and multi-ethnic centers, multi-ethnic church work, market place, community outreach (public and private), education, public policy and law enforcement. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in cultural studies, international affairs, intercultural studies, criminal justice and social justice.
This is a helpful emphasis for those going into Bible translation, literacy work, culture preservation, general translation, education and development contexts. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in anthropology, linguistics, socio-linguistics or teaching English as a second language (TESOL).
International Regional Studies (through Study Abroad)
This is a helpful emphasis for those going into regional consulting work, research institutes, mission organizations, foundations, community development, government and policy development work. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate degrees in cultural studies, intercultural studies, international affairs, public policy and regional study.
Common Career Paths
graduate program preparation
The global studies major and minor prepares students for careers and vocational ministry in the following fields: Bible translation, intercultural and multi-ethnic ministry contexts, inter-governmental organizations, missions, non-profit work, refugee resettlement and urban outreach, as well as working with foundations and policy-making organizations. This degree can also aid those going into law enforcement.
Real-world Learning Opportunities
Numerous agencies and organizations annually provide opportunities for Multnomah students to join short-term summer mission trips or complete cross-cultural practicums/internships on every continent. Students have served in twenty to thirty-eight countries during one summer in recent years!
Points of Distinction
Upon the completion of this program students will be able to:
understand theological and biblical principles for engaging in global career paths and issues (GS 1)
analyze socio-cultural and socio-economic perspectives that have shaped our globalized world (GS 2)
analyze both historical and contemporary factors that have led to the ebb and flow of growth within global Christianity (GS 3)
reflect critically on the role of the Church in distinct socio-cultural contexts (GS 4)
gain God’s heart and love for all of humanity and respond with compassion to a plethora of human conditions and situations that exist today (GS 5)
develop communication techniques and cultural competency through specialized learning in intercultural communications and cultural sensitivity (GS 6)
learn how to incorporate evangelism and church-based ministry in distinct socio-cultural settings and global career paths (GS 7)
apply the best recognized in responding to a variety of human conditions today (GS 8)
Meet Your Professors
Dr. Martin Alphonse
Dr. Greg Burch
Director of MAGDJ Program, Chair of Global Studies Department
Dr. Karen Fancher
Interim Dean of Student Services , Global Studies
Prof. Rachel Humphrey
World Languages, Latin